By LUXE City Guides; images by Calvin Sit
Hong Kong has such a dazzling range of eating options – from casual dai pai dongs to fine-dining restaurants – often the biggest challenge facing visitors is narrowing down the choice of where to eat. Thankfully help is at hand from a homegrown culinary superstar, Chef Lee Man Sing of Mott 32, who shares a few of his favourite places to eat in Hong Kong.
No matter whether he’s eating local or international food, Chef Lee finds inspiration in every single dish he tries. The native Hongkonger started working in kitchens 35 years ago as a delivery boy aged 16; today he helms Mott 32, the show-stopping restaurant renowned for its marriage of traditional flavours with modern presentation. Spearheading a farm-to-table philosophy, Mott 32’s menu sizzles with Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing influences in dishes like Apple Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck and Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey.
- Standard Chartered Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2885 8688
- Lunch & dinner daily
“I’ve been dining here since day one of the restaurant as the founder is my friend. The dim sum is delicious and prices reasonable; their chefs are skilled and experienced. I recommend the baked char siu bao. The Central location is very convenient.”
- Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central, Hong Kong Island. Plus outlets around Hong Kong
- +852 2332 3078
- 9am-9pm daily
“My parents used to bring me here every week and as a kid, I was amazed by the dim sum and stir-fry dishes. Now they have a lot of branches in Hong Kong so it’s easy to find one anywhere. Frequented by local families, it’s a great way for visitors to sample authentic Chinese food. Order the har gau dumplings – the shrimp tastes very fresh and the skin is thin and soft.”
“Ideal for dinner, Dragon Inn has a comfortable, nostalgic ambience and their seafood is exceptional. It’s one of the best restaurants near where I live and I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years. I recommend all of their seafood dishes and the siu mei.”
- 19 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
- +852 2450 6366
- 11am-11pm daily
“The chef here is a good friend and I am impressed by his creativity and meticulous approach to cooking. The elegant decor and excellent hospitality mean it’s good for a special occasion, while the food is both creative and classic. It’s also as popular with locals as it is with tourists, and for me it’s an authentic Hong Kong experience. My favourite dish is the traditional braised pork with abalone, dried octopus and pear.”
- Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2837 6790
- lunch and dinner daily
“Lots of chefs come here after work and it’s my first choice for a late-night eatery. Their stir-fries served straight from the hot wok (I like the fried vermicelli with lobster) are absolutely delicious while the casual ambience allows you to relax and chat.”
- 418 Portland Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
- +852 2392 9283
- 11am-1am Mon-Sat; 6pm-1am Sun
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